Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland has formally announced her reelection campaign and will hold a kick-off Wednesday at the Pantages Theater.
Stickland was elected in 2009, defeating Jim Merritt by 1,100 votes. She had served two years of a term as a city councilman before winning the mayor’s job. Under term limits she can serve a second term as mayor if elected this fall.
“Tacoma is a great city with a compelling story to tell,” Strickland said in a campaign announcement. “From our museum district to our unique neighborhoods and waterfront, people from the region and around the country are discovering that we are an affordable, inclusive, family-friendly community with a lot to offer.
“Like many cities, we have work to do and I remain optimistic about Tacoma’s future because of the dedication and creativity of those who live and work here.”
Strickland is the only candidate filed with the state Public Disclosure Commission for the office of mayor. She reports raising $35,487 and spending $20,066.
Among her endorsements are both Washington U.S. senators (Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell), the three members of Congress with district’s including Tacoma (Adam Smith, Derek Kilmer and Denny Heck), Gov. Jay Inslee, Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy and all current members of the Tacoma City Council.
Here is the press release issued by the Strickland campaign:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 2, 2013
Contact: Terry Thompson, TR Strategies
TACOMA MAYOR LAUNCHES RE-ELECTION CAMPAIGN
Mayor Marilyn Strickland will kick off her re-election campaign at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 3 at the Pantages Theater.
Strickland’s endorsements include Tacoma Police Local #6; Governor Jay Inslee; U.S. Senators Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell; Congressmen Adam Smith, Denny Heck and Derek Kilmer; Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy; the entire Tacoma City Council and the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades. She is also backed by leaders in business, education, the arts and transportation.
“Tacoma is a great city with a compelling story to tell. From our museum district to our unique neighborhoods and waterfront, people from the region and around the country are discovering that we are an affordable, inclusive, family-friendly community with a lot to offer,” says Strickland. “Like many cities, we have work to do and I remain optimistic about Tacoma’s future because of the dedication and creativity of those who live and work here.”
During her first term, Strickland has championed several initiatives that benefit residents, neighborhoods and businesses in the greater Tacoma region which include:
Making significant infrastructure investments at Point Ruston to spur development and improve public access to the waterfront; providing tax relief for 5000+ small businesses; promoting entrepreneurship and international trade; conducting a citywide assessment to develop strategies focused on youth gang prevention; launching a community gardens initiative to improve access to healthy food and to beautify neighborhoods.
In partnership with Tacoma’s public safety leadership and its congressional delegation, Mayor Strickland was instrumental in securing $12.6 million in federal grants to preserve the jobs of 52 police officers and firefighters for the city.
A strong education advocate, she spearheaded the City of Destiny Scholarships with the College Success Foundation to prepare students in pursuit of high demand occupations in science, technology, engineering and math fields.
Strickland serves on several local, regional and national boards. She is board chair for the Tacoma Employees’ Retirement System, and Pierce Transit. She is also a member of the Tacoma Pierce County Economic Development Board, the Sound Transit Board of Commissioners, the Forterra Board of Directors, the U.S. Conference of Mayors Workforce Development Council, the U.S. Small Business Administration Advisory Council for Underserved Communities and is one of four mayors recently selected as a Rose Fellow with the Urban Land Institute.